AUSTIN -- At the University of Texas, the names Jordan Hicks and Case McCoy are not among those most would have expected to turn up alongside the words "sexual assault."
The accusations targeting the younger brother of beloved Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy came as a particular shock for many.
"Him and his brother have always been pretty Godly men," UT student Trish Durham told KVUE Friday. "And most of these allegations turn out to be false or inaccurate, so I don't believe it at all."
"It's unfortunate if it is true," said UT graduate Mykel Estes. "Again I trust Coach Brown is going to take care of it and I don't think it reflects the University of Texas or what it means to be a Longhorn."
It's the last way Longhorn fans would have hoped to end a 8-4 season that showed periods of promise but failed to live up to the expectations of many.
"I know there's always in colleges people are always breaking team rules as far as staying out after curfew," said UT fan Eddie Owens. "But when you're coming down with the record that we had this year, two days away from the bowl game or one day, you've got to stay focused. That's the problem I have, is there's no leadership."
So far, the accusations remain just that. Whatever the effect the surrounding controversy may have on the rest of the players in Saturday's Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, the Longhorn faithful say it won't sour their spirits on gameday.
"A lot of people have a lot of doubts in us," said Durham. "But as a true Longhorn fan, 'Hook 'em!' We can pull through."
"I'll have a good time messing with the Oregon State fans and all of that," said Owens. "But it just adds to the problem that we've had this year and the last few years that something needs to change."